Welcome home. Mabuhay! We're back in our home land. It's a strange experience over and over again to be back in a familiar place when you just came back from traveling from another country. In a span of 9 days, we've been to many different places, met a lot of diverse people and experienced a lot of new things. These are the reason probably why it takes time to process your emotions after traveling. Being shot back to reality and going back to daily routine is really challenging. Physically tired from the adventures, there's a lot of sleep to catch up and the stomach had to adjust to the normal food you've grown up to. Also, there are dozens of stories you want to share but it seems that there's not much time. You feel wanting to go back or travel to somewhere else instead. Yes they call it travel bug. Being a ‘traveller’ is a mindset that gains power with every day you spend on the road. Being displaced becomes a part of your identity. Being lost is your personal enlightenment. Travel has always been an exhilarating and important part of my life. Every phenomenal memory I have on the road has infinitely more to do with the people I was surrounded by than the actual place I was in. I love the cities I had whirlwind romances in. I look back fondly on the cheap, hostels where I stayed up all night talking and laughing with old and new friends. One realization I had is that if we were half as open with people in our everyday lives as we are with each other on the road, everywhere we went would be an adventure. When we travel it's normal to get caught up in the act of constant motion. What was meant to be a soul-searching journey turns into a series of famous monuments getting crossed off list. And in the midst of it all, it becomes all too easy to forget that constant movement isn’t the point of any of it. At the end of the day we’re all human and we’re all looking for the same core things – people who understand us, challenges that grow us and places that make us feel at home. Know that there’s a time and a place to keep going. Similarly, there is and there must be a time to stay put.
Aug 19 2017 - Aug 27 2017
My luggage and me waiting for the train to Berlin at the sunny Main riverside in Frankfurt 😎☀️
Apr 08 2017
Canada summer 2017
Jul 29 2017 - Aug 13 2017
Lee & Natasha through Southeast Asia
We were better prepared today to actually leave Hanoi on the bikes. After picking up our bikes from the mechanic, we got full tanks of petrol, we ate, we packed the bags on properly. It still took us about 2 hours to get out of Hanoi because of the sheer volume of people there. It took us about 5 hours in total to arrive into Hoa Binh, the next city along on the way to Mai Chau. It was about 17:30 when we arrived and the torrential rain started. We decided to get a hotel because driving the bike is really tiring. I went out to get some food and manager of the hotel offered to drive me to the local takeaway to bring food back, so we had a BBQ mix on some rice and went to sleep. We will get up early tomorrow to drive the last few hours to Mai Chau.
Mar 01 2017
USA Tu & Zhu 2017 World Tour!
After the air and space museum we went quickly through the American history museum, which is a collection of items related to American history (but it doesn't really explain US history itself) and then walked to the White House and then to the Kennedy center for arts where we caught the end of a free Jazz concert.
Sep 07 2017
Wild Backpacking the UK
only update for yrdterday was went to natural history, played magic, eat a bunch of fooda
Apr 23 2017
Backpacking through Europe
May 10 2017 - Jun 11 2017
Sweden Tu & Zhu 2017 World Tour!
We kept making the most of subway pass by first going to the Queen's palace then going to a free tour of Copenhagen's subway. Their stations all have different kind of art and we visited 3 of them. We tried a local cake before heading home where we spent more good time with our hosts before heading to the night bus for Oslo!
Aug 21 2017 - Aug 23 2017
Denmark Tu & Zhu 2017 World Tour!
We visited Christiana, an old military base where hippies squatted during the seventies until the government officially accepted their presence and now it's kind of a utopian community with open shops selling weed despite the fact that it's not legal in Denmark, some music events, graffitis,... Then we went to eat alongside the canals before heading home to rest before our night bus.
Aug 18 2017 - Aug 20 2017
Jukatan = Meksyk + Belize
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 12 2017
Allegheny River Kayak Trip
I realized today while continuing research on the trip that either i would need someone to drive with me to help shuttle me from the take out spot after i drop off my truck in Tionesta to Kinzua Dam or I would have to pay for a shuttle serivce. It looks like shuttle services charge $150! No Thanks! So to save money, I am going to alter my trip a little. I am planning now to head a little further north into the Allegheny National Forest to the actual reservoir on the other side of Kinzua Dam and kayak/camp there. This way I can come back to my same put in location at the end of the trip. The unfortunate downside is that the guide book i purchased only covers the river south of the dam making it useless now. Ill just have to go back on a future trip.
Aug 14 2017 - Aug 16 2017
Europe: 20 countries 🗺 37 stops 🚌 132 days 🛌
So this is it, the last day! I can't believe how fast the trip has flown by but I'm sat in my hostel now waiting to set off for my flight and I'm sooo excited to go home and see my family 😀 There's been a fair few bumps along the way with my bag being stolen, broken ankles and food poisoning but if anything it's shown me how awesome people are, whenever I've needed help people are always more than happy to offer their support. It's been an amazing trip and it's most certainly been the people that've made this experience as incredible as it was ✌🏼️
Aug 11 2016 - Dec 20 2016
Turkey Tu & Zhu 2017 World Tour
We visited the two most famous buildings of Istanbul, the Blue Mosque and Saint Sophia Basilica. Those are both huge and impressive buildings, it's hard to believe Saint Sophia was built in only 6 year at a time where it took 80 to build a cathedral in France. Then we went to visit Istanbul Archeology museum before going back to rest at the hotel. We got out for diner right before a huge storm broke out. Luckily we were already in the restaurant when it started. I've never seen hail so big!
Jul 21 2017 - Jul 28 2017